Kavanagh fellowships worth €20,000 awarded to three Irish poets

Gearoid MacLochlainn, Joseph Woods and Enda Wyley set to benefit

Patrick Kavanagh’s widow Katherine left all rights in her husband’s works and all royalties from them to trustees who were directed to apply the income to help Irish poets, in their middle years, who are in need of assistance. Photograph: The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland

Patrick Kavanagh’s widow Katherine left all rights in her husband’s works and all royalties from them to trustees who were directed to apply the income to help Irish poets, in their middle years, who are in need of assistance. Photograph: The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland

 

The trustees of the estate of Katherine Kavanagh have awarded the 2014 Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowships to three Irish poets, Gearoid Mac Lochlainn, Joseph Woods and Enda Wyley, with €8,000 going to Mac Lochlainn, and €6,000 each to Woods and Wyley.

Mac Lochlainn, a native of Belfast, has published four collections of poems, Babylon Gaeilgeoir (An Clochán, 1997), Na Scéalaithe (Coiscéim, 1999), and two bilingual volumes, Sruth Teangacha/Stream of Tongues (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2002) and Criss-Cross / Mo Chara (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2011) in which a series of beat-up anti-heroes and shapeshifters leap back and forth from spaghetti westerns to bardic poetry, from Mississipi Delta blues to sean-nós.

Woods, born in Co Louth in 1966, was first published in Japan. His collections are Sailing to Hokkaido (Worple Press, 2001); Bearings (Worple Press, 2005); Cargo (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2010); and Ocean Letters (Dedalus Press, 2011). He works as an editor in Rangoon, Burma, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His poems are witty, thoughtful, clearsighted, sometimes exotic, sometimes close to home.

Wyley, born in Dublin in 1966, has published four collections of poetry: Eating Baby Jesus (1994), Socrates in the Garden (1998), Poems For Breakfast (2004) and To Wake to This (2009), all Dedalus. She was poet in residence in Melbourne University in 1996, having received the Vincent Buckley Memorial Award that year. Borrowed Space: New and Selected Poems is due from Dedalus in September. Her poems are remarkable for the way they communicate warm feeling through their lightness of touch and clarity of colour.

Kavanagh’s widow Katherine (born Katherine Barry Moloney), in her will left all rights in her husband’s works and all royalties from them to trustees who were directed to apply the income to help Irish poets, in their middle years, who are in need of assistance.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.